College Vaccine Requirements and Submitting Proof
All students, faculty and staff must meet Barnard’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, which means that they have been vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption will be required by August 15, 2021, (or a week before your first day back on campus, whichever is earlier).
For Staff and Faculty
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption will be required by August 15, 2021.
This requirement will now become part of the Barnard Community Commitment and Personal Responsibility Pledge.
All U.S. residents, ages 12 or older are eligible to receive the vaccine in New York. People who live outside of the U.S. but work or study in New York are also eligible to get vaccinated.
How to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
All NYC-run vaccine sites are now accepting walk-ins of any eligible age.
To make an appointment: eligible members of the community can fill out the New York state questionnaire to confirm eligibility; once submitted, this form will lead to a list of vaccination locations, including the New York City vaccine hub.
- The state and city websites also provide a list of locations for nearby pharmacies and providers that can administer the vaccine to certain New Yorkers. You can also be in touch with our healthcare provider, if you have one; many of them are part of a hospital or other vaccination network and may be able to find you an appointment.
- NYS and NYC have each launched hotlines which may be used by eligible members of the community to schedule a vaccination appointment
- NYC: (877) VAX-4NYC (1-877-829-4692)
- NYS: (833) NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829)
- Volunteers have also developed several aggregator resources for New Yorkers to find available appointments: Turbovax , NYC Vaccine and Dr. B.
- New Yorkers can also make an appointment at the Armory in Washington Heights.
- Bronx residents can make appointments for vaccination at Yankee Stadium or by calling 1-833-SomosNY. Please follow the instructions from your vaccination site about what to bring. New York State requires that individuals must bring proof of age. For individuals younger than the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must provide consent for vaccination. A parent or legal guardian must provide verbal consent either while accompanying the minor to the vaccination appointment, or by phone at the time of the vaccination appointment. If the minor is 12-15 years old, they must arrive with a parent or guardian OR they need to bring another adult caregiver who has a signed designation from the parent or guardian and the parent/guardian must be available by phone. For eligibility based on age, bring a government-issued ID with your birth date.
- To request a first-dose appointment at one of Columbia University’s vaccination sites, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
- UNI (if you have one)
- Date of Birth
- Phone number
- University email
- You will then be contacted by a team member when there is an available dose. Please note that these appointments are available for a first-dose appointment only. The Columbia vaccine program can only administer second-dose 2 vaccines to those for whom they have administered the first dose.
- International Travel Criteria - Students will need to wait to schedule an appointment at Columbia following international travel until they have met the criteria for Columbia's International Travel Quarantine. Residential students only need to follow Barnard's Arrival Quarantine Policies.
Time Off for Vaccination
Under a new state law, employees can take paid time off from their regularly scheduled work hours to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees may take up to four hours of paid leave at their regular rate of pay for each dose. This time will not be charged against other sick leave entitlement for staff, including New York State Paid COVID-19 Leave.
To use this COVID-19 vaccine leave, staff in TWU Local 264, Local 2110 Access Attendants and 32BJ should let their manager know so that the time can be appropriately entered. For staff who use Timesaver, please enter this time using the new code "BC19 COVID-19 Vaccination."
Reminder to Those Who Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine
Members of the College community who are able to be or already have been vaccinated must continue to comply with all of Barnard’s COVID-19 policies because vaccination does not exempt anyone from College coronavirus protocols.
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Resources:
Public health experts, including our own infectious diseases advisors from the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), have identified COVID-19 vaccinations as the key factor in reducing COVID-19 infections and allowing us all to return to a less restricted, more normal way of life. Not only do these vaccines prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19, they also limit the spread of the virus within communities.
Yes. Barnard will accept evidence of vaccination that has received authorization by the World Health Organization.
No. We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated wherever they are in order to protect you, your family and community from COVID-19.
We encourage everyone to get their first shot (whether of a one-dose or a two-dose vaccine) as soon as possible.
“Fully vaccinated” means that it has been at least 14 days from the final dose. We understand that some members of the community may be coming from international locations and may not be able to arrive on campus having been fully vaccinated by an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine. Primary Care Health Services will work with those students so that they can get their initial dose as soon as possible, including during their arrival quarantine. If students do not anticipate that they will arrive to campus fully vaccinated and meet the August 15 deadline, they must complete the Incomplete Vaccine Requirement Status Form. For others who will not have received their final dose of a WHO-listed or FDA-authorized COVID-19 by August 1, you will not meet the August 15th deadline. If you are concerned that you may not meet the August 15 deadline for any other reason, you must also complete the Incomplete Vaccine Requirement Status Form so that the College can offer appropriate assistance. Grace periods may be extended to community members who have had international accessibility issues and other valid reasons for the delay. Submitting this form does not automatically grant you a grace period; you will receive further information to your Barnard email in response to your submission.
We thank all members of the community who already voluntarily provided proof of their vaccination throughout the spring and summer. Students, staff and faculty must upload their proof of the COVID-19 vaccine via the Open Communicator website. Open Communicator is part of Point and Click, an outside vendor providing vaccine-verification services for all Barnard community members.
Students, staff and faculty must submit the Request Form for Exemption Application to request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for specific medical or religious reasons in accordance with New York State public health laws. Late submissions will not be expedited and may affect the requestor’s return/access to campus.
Your vaccination data will not be shared with others and will only be used to determine access to the campus. It will be stored securely and access will be limited to those who need to track or monitor that information in their role.
Fully vaccinated students will still be required to comply with the College’s move-in testing requirements, as well as the Fall testing requirements, which will be announced in the coming weeks. Unvaccinated students will be informed of the additional precautions that they will be required to follow.
For students living on campus who need proof of residency, take the following steps to create a PDF of your housing assignment as an address.
- Log into Barnard Housing Portal at https://barnard.starrezhousing.com/StarRezPortal
- Click my.HOUSING on the navigation bar
- Click Address Verification Letter
Again, you may also complete the College's survey for potential information on vaccine and booster availability.
You will not know who is and who is not vaccinated; however, Barnard faculty, staff, and students will not be allowed on campus unless they have met the vaccine requirement or have received a religious or medical exemption. Unvaccinated members of the community will be informed of the additional precautions that they will be required to follow, which include increased testing, required masking and other requirements.
If boosters or additional vaccination doses become available and recommended by public health experts, the College will determine whether and when to require boosters for our community.
No. Under a new state law, employees may take up to four hours of paid leave at their regular rate of pay for each dose. This time will not be charged against other sick leave entitlement for staff, including New York State Paid COVID-19 Leave.
To use this COVID-19 vaccine leave, staff in TWU Local 264, Local 2110 Access Attendants, and 32BJ should let their manager know so that the time can be appropriately entered. For staff who use Timesaver, please enter this time using the new code “BC19 COVID-19 Vaccination."
No. The College is planning to resume full operations with classes that are in-person.
Students who are not vaccinated and do not qualify for a medical or religious exemption should contact their class Dean to discuss their limited options.
The College had an August 15 deadline for people to upload their documentation and the verification process of these thousands of records will take some time. The College continues to support our community to ensure vaccine access, including any student who did not have access to vaccines before coming to Barnard. Once the verification process is complete, we will publish our vaccination rate. The College will not disclose the vaccination status of any individual, so community members will not know who has been fully vaccinated, who is in the midst of getting vaccinated, and who has an approved exemption.